Sony autonomous electric sedan Vision-S unveiled

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 14, 2020
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Sony Driverless Electric Sedan Concept Vehicle, Auto News Japanese company Sony has unveiled a driverless concept electric sedan prototype at the 2020 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The electric sedan is basically designed to exhibit the company's technological advancements in the field of mobility. The prototype sedan was unveiled on January 7, 2020 along with other technologies being developed by Sony.

The autonomous electric car concept is the company’s first step into the automotive industry and the concept has been named as Vision-S. Sony, the world famous electronics brand developed Vision-S concept car primarily to showcase its range of advanced electronics technologies that focuses on “safer and more reliable autonomous driving” in the world of automobiles.

There are as many as 33 sensors embedded on the car that includes image sensors, solid light detection and ranging sensors; apparently this number is more than that on Tesla Model S and Model X. The sensors on this autonomous concept vehicle helps detect and monitor the presence of people and objects both inside and outside the vehicle. This prototype featured a panoramic screen spanning the dashboard and the company's 360 Reality Audio with speakers integrated into each seat.

Vision-S concept car is said to achieve 0-100kmph speed within 4.8 seconds, as claimed by the company. The vehicle is built on the platform of Magna which is capable of up to Level 4 autonomy.

BMW F 750 GS available at huge discounts of upto Rs 4 lakh

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 14, 2020
BS4 BMW F 750 GS Discounts, Bike News BMW F 750 GS, the premium bike in the middleweight adventure category is now available for huge discounts. The discount is due to the upcoming deadline for BS6 implementation in India.

The BMW F 750 GS is available in three different variants namely, Standard (Rs 11.95 lakh), Pro (Rs 13.4 lakh), and Pro Low Suspension (Rs 13.2 lakh). The 853cc twin-cylinder in-line engine produces 57kW (77hp) at 7500 rpm and 83Nm torque at 6000 rpm.

From the above-mentioned ex-showroom prices, various showrooms provide a different amount of discount for their customers. The discount amount for ranges from Rs 2.0 lakh to Rs 4.0 lakh.

Triumph Tiger, Ducati Multistrada, Kawasaki Versys 650, and Suzuki V-Strom are some other adventure-tourer bikes in the above 500cc category.

The offer would only be valid till the stocks last.

Bajaj Chetak electric scooter launched in India at base price of Rs.1 lakh

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 14, 2020
Bajaj Auto launched Chetak Electric Scooter in India, Price Rs.1 lakh Bajaj Auto launched its much awaited electric scooter Chetak in India. The electric scooter was unveiled last year in October. The new electric scooter has a neo retro design taken from Vespa.

The e-scooter is available in two variants - Urbane and Premium. The Bajaj Chetak Urbane is priced at Rs.1 lakh (ex-showroom) while the top variant Bajaj Chetak Premium is priced at Rs.1.15 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. The electric scooter will be sold through select KTM dealerships across the country.

The Bajaj Chetak comes equipped with a 4kW electric motor and powered by an IP67-rated lithium-ion battery. The battery will charge 100% in five hours through a 5-15A home power outlet while it gets charged by 25% in one hour. The company offers a 3-year/50,000 km warranty on its battery. There is an interesting feature on this model, a reverse mode just like in four wheelers.

The suspension duties are handled by a single-sided tubular unit at the front while at the rear, monoshock is provided. For braking, the front gets a disc brake while rear gets a drum brake.

The new electric scooter gets other features including horseshoe-shaped LED headlight cluster, broad front apron, LED tail lights, scrolling LED blinkers, keyless ignition and alloy wheels at both ends. New Chetak also features a digital console that helps to monitor the vehicle information with high clarity.

The Chetak Electric also gets smartphone connectivity, an instrument panel operated by a feather touch switchgear on the handlebar and a Bajaj Chetak mobile app that gives all necessary information to riders like battery range, riding history, etc.

This new model offers two riding modes - Eco and Sport. The scooter claims a range of 95km in the Eco mode, while in the Sport mode, the claimed range is 85km only. The company also offers three free services with the electric scooter upon purchase.

New Chetak Electric is available in six colour options. The e-scooter directly challenges other e-scooters in the market that includes Ather 450, Okinawa Praise and TVS Creon.

Maruti Suzuki upcoming facelift Vitara Brezza on February 6, 2020

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 14, 2020
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Launch News, Features Update Maruti Suzuki, India’s popular carmaker will officially reveal the facelift version of their best selling compact SUV Vitara Brezza on February 6. The 2020 Auto Expo is slated to commence on February 5th and this much awaited unveil will happen on the second day of the event.

New 2020 Vitara Brezza SUV will get BS6-compliant, 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine instead of the existing 1.3-litre diesel engine. In short, there will no longer be a diesel variant of Vitara Brezza, due to limitations in converting it to BS6 engine. The petrol engine on the new model will generate a maximum power of 105hp and 138Nm of peak torque while the engine will be coupled to a 5-speed manual unit as standard. A 4 speed torque converter automatic option will be offered in the top spec variants.

Maruti Suzuki has added new striking elements to the SUV. The grille features a new design while the refurbished projector headlamps have been adorned with huge LED DRLs at the front. There is also a redesigned bumper with faux skid plates in place with new fog lamp enclosures while wraparound LED taillamps and high mount stop lamps give a fresh look at the rear too. The mid spec variant gets all-black alloy-wheels and faux skid plates for its front and rear bumpers while the top spec gets diamond-cut alloy wheels.

The upcoming compact SUV is expected to be launched by the end of February 2020. The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will compete against Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and upcoming Renault HBC in Indian market.

Smaller Dominar 250cc motorcycle spied on road testing in Pune

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 13, 2020
Bajaj Dominar 250cc motorcycle spied testing, Bike News India's leading two wheeler and three wheeler maker Bajaj Auto is getting ready to launch a smaller version of their best selling motorcycle, Dominar in the Indian market. The 250cc version of the flagship motorcycle Dominar 400cc was spied testing recently in Pune.

Dominar 250 (which will be most likely the model name of this motorcycle) appeared tad small in terms of design. The spotted test mule rolled on thinner tyres and featured a low cost swingarm. At the front and rear, the bike seemed to be equipped with smaller disc brakes. The bike gets a monoshock suspension at the rear while the upside-down suspension at the front is pretty much the same.

The 250cc motorcycle features halogen headlamps, dual-panel back LED light, digital instrument cluster, sporty-looking twin exhaust pipes, and a large petrol tank just like the ongoing 400cc Dominar.

This new motorcycle may be powered by the same engine seen on KTM Duke 250. Once it is launched, the Dominar 250cc will rival against KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR 250, Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Mahindra Mojo. Bajaj intends to clear the void between Dominar 400 and Pulsar RS 200 with the launch of this 250cc model. Dominar 400 is priced at Rs.1.9 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. The price of Dominar 250 may not be expensive, considering the heavy competition among motorcycles in this segment.

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